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Mount Olive, Alabama
(Calhoun County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Mount Olive ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Mount Olive (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Mount Olive. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Name Variations for Mount Olive ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Mount Olive.

  • Typical abbreviation for Mount Olive: Mt. Olive

Newspapers Published in Mount Olive ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mount Olive.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Mount Olive, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Mount Olive.

Cemeteries Near Mount Olive ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mount Olive.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Mount Olive covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Wester Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Creswell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ragan Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Refuge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Pattons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Box Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Ten Island Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Old Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Plum Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ohatchee Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Groce - Montgomery Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Heald Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Broken Arrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Harkeys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Mt. Sellers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gladden Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Crooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Popes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     


Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

While we didn't find Mount Olive in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Mount Olive.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Mount Olive, with the one closest to Mount Olive listed first.

Macon   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mount Olive
 - Macon had a post office and no railroad service
Bruner - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bruner was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Mount Olive
 - Bruner had a post office and no railroad service
Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cane Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Mount Olive
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cane Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Ragland   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Mount Olive
 - 1895 population of 513 people (with 1,682 people in 2015)
 - Ragland had a post office and railroad service
Francis   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Mount Olive
 - Francis had a post office and no railroad service
Ohatchee   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mount Olive
 - Ohatchee had a post office and railroad service
Ottery   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mount Olive
 - Ottery had a post office and no railroad service
Morrisville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Mount Olive
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Morrisville had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Mount Olive. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mount Olive in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Mount Olive is located in Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

Below are the counties that are near Mount Olive. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Mount Olive:

Calhoun     (The home county for Mount Olive)
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Southside   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Horton   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Steele   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Mount Olive, see our County-by-County Page for Mount Olive.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Mount Olive:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Calhoun County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Calhoun County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Alabama
Also see ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Calhoun County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Mount Olive. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Calhoun County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Mount Olive. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Mount Olive) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mount Olive. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7126, Longitude: -86.0889     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mount Olive have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Mount Olive, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Mount Olive.


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